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Teamsters Mourn Passing of Robert Morales

Teamsters throughout the country are mourning the death of Robert Morales, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 350 in Daly City, California who also served as the first and only Director of the union’s Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division. Morales died January 26, 2015.

Morales also served as Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council 7 and as a committee member for various Trusts and PACs as well as past member on numerous Boards and Commissions.

“Bob Morales was a dedicated Teamster and labor leader for decades, helping to lift up workers at his own local and workers throughout the United States,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “He had years of experience bargaining and organizing, as well as inspiring Teamsters across the country, which is a major reason why I appointed him to serve as director of the new Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division in September of 2006. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy lives on.”

Morales’ friend of 37 years, Ernie Yates, former Secretary-Treasurer of Local 665 in San Francisco, said Morales was made from a “special mold.”

“He was so dedicated to our movement. We talk about being available 24-7, but Bob actually lived it. He built a political base that enabled him to reach out to elected officials. Bob was the man who would come in to help and he would get it done,” Yates said.

Morales’ services are as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015, viewing and services will take place at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Ave., Daly City, Calif. Viewing will start at 4 p.m. with a rosary/service to follow at 7 p.m.
  • A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 221 Valley Street, (at Church Street), in San Francisco. A burial procession will follow to Holy Cross Cemetery, 1500 Mission Road, Colma, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donation be made in Bob’s name to the following charities:

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
  • “All Charities Fund,” 250 Executive Park Blvd., Suite 3100, San Francisco, Calif. 94134